Catechism of the Catholic Church Section 2 – 31 The Grace of Matrimony (1621-1666) by Fr Guy de Gaynesford

CCC Artwork for podcast Section 21621-1666. The ministers of the Sacrament of Matrimony. Matrimonial Consent. Mixed marriages and disparity of cult. The unity and indissolubility of marriage. The fidelity of conjugal love. Openness to fertility. The domestic church.  85 minutes


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Catechism of the Catholic Church Section 2 – 30 Marriage in the Lord (1612-1620) by Fr Guy de Gaynesford

CCC Artwork for podcast Section 21561-1611.   The Sacrament of Matrimony under the New Covenant.  The nuptial covenant between God and Israel had prepared the way for the ‘marriage feast of the Lamb’. The wedding of Cana. Return to the original meaning of the union of man and woman as the Creator willed it from the beginning – an indissoluble union between one man and one woman for life, based on mutual love and self-giving. Cf Ephesians 5: 25-32, Gen 2.24.    89 minutes

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Catechism of the Catholic Church Section 2 – 29 The Sacrament of Matrimony before Christ (1601-1611) by Fr Guy de Gaynesford

CCC Artwork for podcast Section 21561-1611.   Matrimony – the seventh sacrament of the Church.     Marriage in God’s Plan.  Marriage in the order of creation. Marriage under the regime of sin. Marriage under the Old Covenant.  Fr Guy gives an overview of the concept of marriage throughout all times and cultures preparing the way for the teaching of Christ.   51 minutes

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Catechism of the Catholic Church Section 2 – 28 Priestly Celibacy (1579-1600) by Fr Guy de Gaynesford

CCC Artwork for podcast Section 21579-1600.  A detailed look at the question of priestly celibacy, its history and practice in the Western and Eastern Church.  Celibacy as a sign of total self-gift to God. Accepted with a joyous heart celibacy radiantly proclaims the reign of God.  Fr Guy also gives some personal reflections.  
86 minutes


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Catechism of the Catholic Church Section 2 – 27 Deacons and the Ordination of Women (1569-1578) by Fr Guy de Gaynesford

CCC Artwork for podcast Section 21569-1578.  The Ordination of Deacons – ‘in order to serve’.  The Sacrament of Orders is conferred only on baptised men. The Lord Jesus chose men to form the college of the 12 apostles, and the apostles did the same when they chose collaborators to succeed them in their ministry.  The Church recognizes herself bound by this choice made by the Lord himself and for this reason the ordination of women is not possible.  93 minutes


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Catechism of the Catholic Church Section 2 – 26 Bishops and Priests (1554-1568) by Fr Guy de Gaynesford

CCC Artwork for podcast Section 21554-1568.  The three degrees of the Sacrament of Holy Orders – Bishops, Priests and Deacons.   Episcopal ordination – the fullness of the Sacrament of Holy Orders. The ordination of priests – co-workers of the bishops.  76 minutes


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Catechism of the Catholic Church Section 2 – 25 The Ministerial Priesthood and the Lay Faithful (1548-1553) by Fr Guy de Gaynesford

CCC Artwork for podcast Section 21548-1553.   The ministerial priesthood and the royal priesthood of the faithful, compared and contrasted. The ministerial priesthood is rooted in the Apostolic Succession. The common priesthood of the faithful is rooted in Baptism. The roles proper to each.  The dangers of clericalism. Clericalising the laity.  Laicising the clergy.  Fruitful collaboration is achieved when both extremes are avoided.
78 minutes


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